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World War Two Vet Receives Medals 71 years after War Ends

May 31, 2016

A World War Two Army Air Corps veteran, Skokie resident Cantor David Brandhandler, age 102, received the medals he earned during the war, which ended 71 years ago.

The medals were presented on May 19 by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, (D-Evanston) in front of his wife Goldie, his son Stuart and other relatives and friends, including Rabbi Jeffrey Weill of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation in Skokie that the Brandhandlers attend.

Brandhandler served four and one-half years, ending his service on...

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Orchids to Hanna Schoeneman, one of our EHNTJC teens, who is on the Teen Advisory Committee of JUF’s SpringBoard, a group that brings programs to Jewish teenagers during school breaks. Hanna helped to plan the pilot program and participated in it as well.

This first program, “StudioChi” sent youngsters to Camp Chi in Wisconsin, during which they created a film around Jewish values. They wrote the script, directed it, acted in it, edited it, put in the sound effects and wrapped it up successfully.

During the five-day program, led by filmmaker Kobi Swissa, participants learned valuable movie making skills, had hands-on training using professional audio and visual equipment and created the original short. Click here to view the film created, "Be Kind. Be Respectful. Be Human." It has already been viewed more than 2000 times and is an inspiring true story that embodies the Jewish values of Kavod (respect) and Chesed (kindness).
Hanna stood out as a leader among the group and was selected to serve on the Springboard Teen Advisory Committee. Being on the advisory committee means that Hanna will join other teens from across the city, in selecting the programs to be funded in the 2016-17 school year.

 “This new initiative is designed to increase the number of teens engaged in Jewish life in the Chicago area,” says Brittany Abramowicz, the Teen Engagement Specialist for Springboard.  “We are excited to have this community-wide opportunity for teens to supplement the Jewish learning they participate in throughout the year.

“Springboard presents an exciting way to reach new teenagers in the Chicago by combining really unique experiences with a Jewish lens,” Brittany adds. “While these experiences might be your first time participating in something Jewish, they are sure to be just one stop on your Jewish journey.”

Springboard is a program created in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago.